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Why does a 1997 ford explorer make a clicking noise when opening the oil cap?

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Answered 2006-04-12 04:09:20

If you have a 4.0 SOHC engine you are hearing the timing chain rattle against the timing chain guides. Some slight noise is normal, but an excessive amount may mean you have timing chain guide and/or tensioner problems. If you have a 4.0 OHV engine, then you are probably hearing some lifter noise. Again, some may be normal, but excessive may be an indication of lifter troubles.

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